Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2), by N.K. Jemisin (author), Robin Miles (narrator)

Hachette Audio, August 2016

Essun--previously Syenite, previously Damaya--has found shelter in an underground comm, where orogenes are not hated; in fact, the leader is an orogene. She has not found her daughter, Nassun. Instead, she has found Alabaster Tenring, former lover, author of the destruction of the world. He has a request for her. He wants to train her as his successor, to complete his work--which has started the destruction of the world

Meanwhile, Nassun, carried off by her father after he killed her brother, is struggling to survive--including surviving her father, without whom, a little girl of nine, she can't survive alone. They've been found by a Guardian who recognizes Nassun's potential, and whose daughter she is. He promises her father that in his school, he can teach Nassun not to be an orogene.

We get major revelations in this volume of the trilogy, about Alabaster, about the Guardians and the history of the Imperial Orogenes, and about the history of the planet.

About why Father Earth is so angry.

And Nassun, who has had to grow up far too quickly, is discovering her powers.

Jemisin's complex textured world-building and equally complex, textured character development, continue in this volume. Yes, it's about the end of the world. Yes, I never read apocalyptic fiction.

And yes, you should read this book. It's gripping, compelling, beautiful.

Highly recommended.

I bought this audiobook.